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Clinical variability of Stickler syndrome with a COL2A1 haploinsufficiency mutation: implications for genetic counselling

University of Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Journal of Medical Genetics (Impact Factor: 5.64). 05/2000; 37(4):318-20. DOI: 10.1136/jmg.37.4.318
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